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Did Terrence Clarke practice today? "Tennessee would like to know that."

Drew Franklin02/04/21


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Terrence Clarke was back in Lexington when Kentucky dropped to 5-11 with a loss at Mizzou last night, but Clarke became the story after the game due to comments from John Calipari. In Calipari's postgame explanation of why Clarke was absent, he said he left his injured guard back home with assistant coach Joel Justus to see if they can get Clarke ready for Saturday's game against Tennessee. “If he can practice without limping tomorrow and Friday, we may play him Saturday. If he’s limping, I don’t see how he’s going to play. After five weeks, you’re still limping? And there’s nothing wrong, there’s no, you know, MRI — there’s nothing there. But players know their pain and what their pain threshold is, so if he’s limping around, I’m not going to play him. If he’s able to play? Shoot, maybe we have another player this weekend.” https://kentuckysportsradio.com/basketball-2/calipari-doesnt-rule-out-terrence-clarke-vs-ut-says-theres-nothing-wrong-with-mri-results/ Many fans interpreted those comments as Calipari suggesting Clarke could play now if Clarke really wanted to suit up. Cal saw the reaction and clarified his comments, saying, “After listening to my postgame comments about Terrence Clarke, my comments were clear to me, but I understand they could be taken many different ways. (Clarke) has been in pain. I have never asked a player to play that is injured and I never will. We are just trying to figure out — with the approval of our medical staff — can he play through this or not. And he might not be able to, and that’s OK!" We heard from Calipari again Thursday night, after UK's practice, on his weekly call-in show and the show's host, Tom Leach, asked Calipari the big question: So, was Clarke able to practice today? "I will bet you that Tennessee would like to know that, so I'm not going to comment on that right now," Calipari replied, keeping the Clarke practice secret to himself. "But this is what the medical staff is saying, and just like Keion, everybody kept asking me, and I said, 'look, here's what it is and what the young man can play with.' "Terrence wants to play, we want him to play, let this thing play out, let the medical people do their thing and I'll keep coaching."

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